TRIBAL AFRICAN ART

LWENA (LURALE, LUENA, LOVALE)

This primarily Angolan tribe lives partially in DRC and in Zambia. Led by a king, the MwanaYamvo, the Lwena people support themselves from fishing in the wet plains at the source of the Zambeze River, in Angola. The structure of Lwena art is largely based on that of the Jokwe, but includes a more refined use of full, round shapes. Artistically, they appear to have focused their skills on carving female figures, which are usually found on decorative ‘prestige’ objects such as canes, combs and finger pianos, and on masks. These differ from those of the Jokwe as their statues usually display a spherical cross-hatched coiffure which is often divided by a vertical ridge, and angular linear scarifications on their cheeks. All in all, it is a very female art related to a tribal social structure in which women play important roles, including that of chief. They focused their skills on carving female figures and masks. These differ from those of Jokwe by their coiffures and scarifications on their cheeks and forehead.

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